BESTMED TSHWANE CLASSIC
WHEN AND WHERE?
Date: 21 February 2021
Venue: Voortrekker Monument
Distances: 98km, 60km, 20km, 500m kids, 5km kids ride and 5km Fun Run/Walk, 5km Wheelchair Race
CITY ROAD CLOSURES AND ALTERNATIVE ROUTES
BESTMED TSHWANE CLASSIC CITY ROAD CLOSURES AND ALTERNATIVE ROUTES:
The following roads in the Pretoria city centre are affected on race day from 05h30 – 14h00 for the staging of the Bestmed Tshwane Classic. Alternative route/s listed in brackets.
Please note motorists will be allowed to cross the affected roads when it’s safe, but will not be allowed onto the race route. Motorists who need to cross the route, have to allow for delays.
- Struben Street (Boom Street)
- Sophie de Bruyn (Es’kia Mphahlele)
- Madiba (Francis Baardt, remainder Struben Street)
- Steve Biko (Nelson Mandela, Gordon Street)
- Soutpansberg Road (Annie Botha, Nico Smith)
- Tom Jenkins (Gordon Street)
- Government (None)
- Stanza Bopape (Pretorius, Francis Baardt)
- University (Roper, Johnston)
- Justice Mahomed (Jorissen/Kotze)
- Elandspoort (Leyds Street, Nelson Mandela)
- Christina de Witt – South (Solomon Mahlangu)
- Eeufees (Kgosi Mampuru)
ABOUT THE RACE
The fourth edition of the Bestmed Tshwane Classic, presented in partnership with the City of Tshwane, takes place on 21 February 2021.
The Bestmed Tshwane Classic represents the exception to the rule in the current mass participation event space.
The event hosted just over 7000 participants in its third staging in 2019 and continues to grow year-on-year.
Before we embarked on the process of staging the event three years ago, it was 23 years prior since any other city started the process of hosting a mass participation cycling event, which was the 947.
It’s a cliché, but many industry commentators said it couldn’t be done, especially against the backdrop that the event is presented with the specific brief to showcase the city of Pretoria and the logistics behind road closures were just too difficult to plan and implement in a city that is largely made up of road crossings.
The event boasts a host of differentiating factors.
In just three years the event hosts participant totals that took other major city mass participation cycling events up to eight years to achieve.
The event hosted 200 members from the diplomatic community in 2019.
The event hosted 650 development cyclists in 2019 who all received free entry and were transported to and from the event by the My Citi bus service.
The race boasts unprecedented growth in the mass participation event space.
The race was presented for the first time in 2017 and was an incredible success, attracting just over 5000 riders. In 2019 the event built on this success and reached a participant total of just more than 7000 cyclists.
The vision of the Tshwane Classic was to present Tshwane’s version of the Cape Town Cycle Tour and Ride 947 in a traffic free environment, courtesy of significant buy-in from the Tshwane Local Government.
Four years on the event is irrevocably set on this path, which is an incredible achievement in these challenging economic times.
Buy-in and support from the city increases year-on-year and is nicely illustrated by their commitment annually to fund personnel and equipment for road closure.
This is pivotal to create safe passage for cyclists in the city centre, which enables the event to pass by all the major historic landmarks on the Pretoria landscape.
A total of 550 traffic officers are on duty on race day to ensure safe passage for cyclists.
The well-balanced and scenic route is at the essence of the event’s success – an element underlined again by participants on various platforms after the 2019 race.
The Tshwane Metro Police Department continues to grow with the event and route control improves every year as they become more accustomed to the challenges of creating a traffic free environment for a cycling race, which as lot more difficult than a running/walking race, especially in the Pretoria inner-city.
The Tshwane Classic is viewed by residents and cyclists as an event which brings the people of Pretoria together for one day in a year to celebrate the city’s beauty, amazing sense of community and camaraderie.
These are all crucial elements in bringing positive change in difficult socio-economic conditions in South Africa and we are proud that the Tshwane Classic is an enabler in this environment.
The event is presented by a non-profit organisation and proceeds are used directly to manage various community based welfare projects in Tshwane, in collaboration with the City of Tshwane.
Courtesy of its start and finish venue at the Voortrekker Monument, the event focusses on the role heritage plays in unity.
To this end former Deputy Minister Dr Pieter Mulder presented a guided tour of the Monument in 2019, which was attended by scores of cyclists including the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Stevens Rokgalapa and various ambassadors.
The Tshwane Classic is the only mass participation cycling event which presents a separate wheel- chair race for the physically disabled.
To make the event more user friendly for 2020, we have moved the start/finish line closer to the Voortrekker Monument. It remains in Eeufees Road, but more adjacent to the Monument, which means cyclists have a shorter commute on their bikes to and from the start line.
Official Start Times
*98km Road race (White with green border)
|$||1||200||05h45||CSA Elite Men, U/23 Men|
|&||201||300||05h45||Junior Men (17-18)|
|%||301||400||05h50||CSA Elite Ladies, U23 Ladies|
|%V||401||480||05h50||CSA Lic Vet Ladies|
|VA||481||630||05h55||CSA Lic Vet Men (30-39)|
|VB||631||830||06h00||CSA Lic Vet Men (40-49)|
|VC||941||1140||06h10||CSA Lic Vet Men (50-59)|
*60km Road race (White with yellow border)
|*||4621||4700||07h20||CSA Lic U15&U17 Boys and U17 Girls|
|%+||4701||4720||07h20||Junior Ladies (17-18)|
*20km Road race (White )
*FUN ROAD KIDS RACE 500m
*FUN ROAD WHEELCHAIRS RACE 500M
*FUN ROAD KIDS RACE 5 KM
*FUN Run/Walk RACE 5 KM
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The Bestmed Tshwane Classic race village is situated centrally inside the grounds of the Voortrekker Monument. The Monument offers more than enough parking and venue infrastructure to ensure a user-friendly experience for participants.
Specific features at the race village will include:
- Massage therapists on hand to massage tired legs.
- Top-quality start/finish shoot
- Easy access to ample parking, entertainment and restroom facilities
- Spectator-friendly area
- Bike-tech area
- Kiddies race
- Exciting give-aways and competitions
Wednesday 17 February 2021: 10h00 – 16h00 The Bicycle Company Centurion
Thursday 18 Februarie 2021: 10h00 – 16h00 Cycle Lab Fourways Megastore (Nicol Grove, Johannesburg)
Friday 19 February 2021: 10h00 – 16h00 Solomons Cycles Pretoria North
No Late entries on race day for Licensed and Open catagories
5km kiddies race and 5km Fun Run/Walk: R50
500m kiddies race: R50
Entries close at 23h59 on Monday 19 October 2020
Each rider must complete a separate entry form or enter as required online.
Please fill in your tandem-partner’s name and ID. Both Tandem riders must wear Race Tec timing chips to have a result and seeding for the event.
Timing results for both the road and mountain bike events to be done by Race Tec.
Each entrant must be in the possession of a Race Tec timing chip to receive timing.
Each cyclist must carry the Race Tec timing chip for the duration of the event.
NO CHIP: NO RESULTS, NO PRIZE MONEY, NO TROPHY.
Race Tec timing chips will be for sale at the registration venues as well as at the start at a cost of R130.00
CUT OFF TIMES
Cut off 1 - left turn onto M26 from M22 at 21km: 8:45am
Cut Off 2 - N4 and Trans Oranje on the East bound carriage way at 71km: 11:30am
Cut Off 3 - Corner of Vermeulen and Steve Biko at 80km. Long distance riders diverted onto the 50km route: 12:30pm
Cut off 3: (Corner of Government Road and Madiba) at 86km: 13:15pm
Cut off at the finish line: 14:00pm
Cut off 1 - left turn onto N4 at 7km: 8:30am
Cut off 2 - N4 and Trans Oranje on the East bound carriage way at 31km: 11:30am
Cut off 3 – Corner of Government and Madiba at 38.5km: 13:15pm
Cut off at the finish line: 14:00pm
Halfway cut-off at Limpopo Avenue: 08:15am
No cyclist may use another person’s cycling number.
If you are unable to ride, someone may take your place with a letter of authorization from you.
Your entry fee will not be refunded and the substitute participant will be required to pay a fee of R60 over and above the applicable entry fee.
Distance changes will be treated as a substitution.
No substitutions will be allowed on race day, regardless of circumstance.
Your entry fee will not be refunded.
NO HELMET NO RIDE
Ample Lead and sweep vehicles will be available as well as a strong contingent from Metro Police.
All participants are deemed to have acquainted themselves with the rules and regulations and are bound to them.
Cyclists must at all times obey the instructions of the traffic officers and marshals and comply strictly with the rules of the road, unless authorized to the contrary by a traffic officer or a marshal.
Failure to comply will lead to disqualification.
Prize giving will start at the Voortrekker Monument at 10:30 or as soon after results dependant.
A lucky draw will take place.
No prize money will be handed to winners before the prize giving, regardless of circumstance.
You will forfeit the prize money / trophy if you are not present at the prize giving.
The provisional results of the event will be available within 24 hours on the website: www.racetec.co.za
Any objections must be tabled with the race organizer / referee / CSA officials within 1 hour after the finish of the race, and accompanied by a payment of R100. Further changes to the results must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 7 days after the race. NO CHANGES will be made thereafter, as they cannot be included in the National Seeding Index.
The race organizers have complete discretion in deciding whether to accept the entry of a participant. The organisers retain the right to refuse the entry of any rider should they so decide. All race results will be in the hands of the race organisers whose decision will be final, there being no right of appeal.
For any further enquiries please contact email@example.com
5km kiddies race and 5km Fun Run/Walk
500m kiddies race
ENTRIES CLOSING IN:
SA Cycle for Food Welfare Projects
SA Cycle for Food NPO was established to take over the welfare projects of Hectic Promotions and continue to look after the less fortunate in the community.
The new NPO operates with sponsorships, donations and cooperation with Hectic Promotions. The expenses are controlled with a steely hand and nobody enriches himself through any of the projects.
The only persons and organisations who will receive compensation are employees, contractors and suppliers.
- Community involvement in marshalling
We use the needy as Marshalls during our cycle races. Thereby they receive a small fee and we provide them with food.
These expenses come from the income of Hectic Promotions. We need to get the community involved to ensure the safety of riders and through their involvement more people are aware of the importance of rider' safety on the road.
We will increase the number of Marshalls to ensure greater safety - SA Cycle for Food will assist with recruiting Marshals in the community.
- Bottle Caps
The first wheelchair was delivered by Crawford School and it gave much joy to the recipient as well as to persons and children who contributed to the collection of bottle caps to make the donation possible.
The recycling team we have brought into existence has made a tremendous contribution and will continue to do so.
We will involve more recycling teams to assist the children at Crawford School. They are very excited about the project and want to make a bigger contribution.
Even though we collect most of the caps, the idea is that the schools / children involved feel like they are the donors and thus the recycling seed is sown early on in their lives. The youngsters must feel it is something they have achieved.
We want to stay in the background and a possible sponsor can get great exposure in this way – it’s a wonderful welfare gesture.
Furthermore, it will go a long way in making people aware of recycling. We only have one earth and we must look after it.
The earth then and now
Our Green Caps Recycling Project is still progressing nicely, and a record is kept of all individuals who work to ensure that no unwanted elements penetrate the group.
The biggest problem remains a suitable site because our recyclers operate under difficult circumstances, yet they do a wonderful job. They earn enough through their hard labour to put food on the table for their families.
Our project can certainly serve as a model and there is still work to be done. They have a big tent had with beds / mattresses and toilets.
There are some who prefer to live differently because their privacy is apparently violated by living together, but that’s up to the individual. At least we know our recyclers have a roof over their heads and they live in hygienic conditions.
Water is a problem; hence they can’t grow their own vegetables. We made a garden for them from desert plants and they are very proud of their “home”.
The Young Christian Businessmen have decided to help, and the model will be carried further in Tshwane.
We all have a responsibility to recycle and our model creates jobs for many unemployed people.
The more people actively involved, the better the program functions.
Joseph Ntuli is a full-time employee who makes beautiful sculptures and ornaments from old tyres. He has a Senior School Certificate and we sent him for a course in gardening.
We also helped him by paying for a driving school for him to obtain a driver's license. We want to help him build a future for himself.
Die recycling of old tyres through this process is a wonderful initiative. Following the training we gave Joseph he has become a true artist.
We supply him with hardware, electrical equipment and paint and his sculptures keep getting better.
They attract quite a bit of attention and the demand for his products is continually growing.
Tyre companies have bought into the project and keep on supplying us with old tyres.
Every year we donate between 400 to 500 seedling plants to the church and they use the funds they generate from sales to provide needy old age homes with food. We also grow plants for CHOC Houses and the Tshwane Clinics.
- CHOC House garden.
It’s vitally important to make the house where these children live beautiful and child friendly. Many children come from Limpopo and Mpumalanga and they spend a few weeks there at a time while being treated for cancer.
We have painted the outside walls in collaboration with Dr. Maretha van der Merwe and the Tshwane Health Inspectors who did this as part of their Mandela Project.
They frequently do such projects with us as part of their contribution to Mandela Day.
The garden at the Choc House is progressing beautifully and it will be one of the most beautiful gardens in the area.
- Homeless vegetable cultivation project
The Tshwane Metro have approached us to assist at two shelters for the homeless in the city centre.
The residents would like to grow their own vegetables and there is one homeless person who knows the process well and can assist in growing vegetables.
He will train the residents so that they can make an active contribution to produce their own food.
We will assist with the tyres in which the vegetables will be grown as well as compost. We will also monitor the progress.
- Katjiepiering school
The pre-primary school in Hermanstad has 93 pupils from all population groups. The little school has existed for the past 40 years and the current head, Mrs. Annette Cunniff has been with the school since 1988.
The school is dependent on donations because the parents cannot pay school fees. The school has a lot of potential to be one of the best in the area.
There is urgent maintenance work that must be done, but funds are not available.
We work with the Metro Food Bank and organise donations of fresh fruit and vegetables and we will beautify the little school for the children.
We replaced the roof at an expense of R80 000 with funds from the Bestmed Tshwane Classic in 2019
Three years ago, the Tshwane Metro gave us permission to start renovating two clinics for them. One is in Atteridgeville and the other in Lyttleton.
The Tshwane Metro gave us a workshop/storeroom where all Joseph’s ornaments are produced. There is also enough room to store the unused tyres - space is a big problem.
The establishment of vegetable gardens at these clinics is still a challenge because they must train their gardeners to maintain and regularly water the gardens.
The plants we use, are hardy and drought resistant plants.
- Job creation
These projects have led to a job creation project. It is important that the workers at these projects must be reliable and they must be able to work independently.
The path that we’ve laid out this stage with Joseph Ntuli is excellent. He has distinguished himself as someone who can carry on with his assignments without supervision.
The remuneration package / benefits he receives now isn’t enough and we want to give this our serious attention.
A jobless artist has also crossed out path and we would like to accommodate her to refine the painting of ornaments and raise the standard. Mieke Point has already hinted that she would like to assist us until she has established herself as an artist.
- Cullinan environment
The area has many informal settlements living in poverty. The Provincial Councillor Adriana Randall assist us with upliftment work in the area.
She is well acquainted with the area and with the Premier Mining Group would like to assist us in the area.
We started by delivering 600 knitted beanies for small children at nursery schools during last winter.
We are currently working to beautify the small schools’ play areas with ornaments. The community appreciates our project.
They showed their support of the Diamond Classic bicycle race that we present to raise awareness for cyclists’ safety
- Royal Bofokeng Chief - Sun City
The Chief of the Royal Bafokeng Nation gave us permission to use his grounds in the Sun City area in order to significantly improve our mountain bike race.
We are currently engaged in negotiations with Cycling South Africa to host the SA Championships in along out Cycle4Cansa race.
As a token of our appreciation for his gesture, we donated beanies and garden ornaments so they can decorate nursery schools.
It is important to gain the goodwill of the local people to ensure the smooth running of the Cycle4CANSA race.
There is currently a great need for old office equipment which have become obsolete at their institutions where they were in use.
They want the equipment and computers donated to them to assist in the teaching kids at schools.
As we strengthen our friendship, we will look at job creation projects to help alleviate poverty
We have staged the Cycle4Cansa race at Sun City for the past 22 years. Race proceeds are donated to CANSA.
We are in the final planning stages to present a second event in aid of CANSA at Lanseria. The race will be known as the Joburg Classic.
- Knitting Project
In our society there are so many lonely pensioners who wish to deliver a contribution to assist needy children.
The knitting project yielded 500 beanies in the first year, 1600 in 2018 and 2500 in 2019. The number of volunteers is often more than the wool we can provide.
The major challenge remains to get a provider who doesn’t charge exorbitant prices for wool.
The wool must meet certain standard but can by any colour.
It gives children a lot of joy and keeps them warm in winter!
The projects are managed by SA Cycle for Food NPO (Registration 2018/373299/08).
It has its own bank account at Absa (40 9569 1834).
The source of income is sponsorships and donations.
The account is used only for the management of SA Cycle for Food's projects and will not fund any other person or institution.
Charities that will benefit from the event include the Cancer Association of South Africa and the Keep Tshwane Clean/ THUSO LEFATSHE project by Tshwane Metro and Hectic Promotions.The aim with this project is to improve the working conditions of the people who search for re-usable and recyclable material in dustbins and to make the people of Tshwane more aware of the important task these people are doing and in the process to promote recycling. South Africa is at present ranked fifth lowest in the world in recycling. We have a responsibility towards Mother Earth and future generations.